They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
Phil Anderson’s article “More Is Different” describes how different levels of complexity require new ways of thinking. And as the virus multiplies and spreads, that’s just what the human race desperately needs...
The pandemic is no excuse to abandon chronic disease management and prevention
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The Urine Wheel
I recently saw an image that perfectly encapsulates many of my current interests, including odor and flavor mapping, the senses in scientific analysis, medieval ideas about health and disease, body fluids, and metabolic profiling...
It's Time For Donors Choose
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe." That he was speaking ultimately about god doesn't matter; I'm aware of no better articulation of the scientific process...
How Do You Spot A Genius?
The November/December Scientific American Mind, which debuted online today, examines the origins of genius, a concept that inspires both awe and confusion.
Video of the Week #65 October 18th, 2012: ISS Startrails - TRONized from Christoph Malin on Vimeo. From: ISS Startrails Video by Joanne Manaster at PsiVid .
Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking
Trails of acrid grey mist hang in the air. I use the front of my shirt as an impromptu gas mask as I cough out my drink order to the bartender. Passing through one of these repulsive clouds is an irritating game of “try not to breathe.” The saturated air inside has made it almost impossible for me to develop any knowledge of my city’s lively hole-in-the-wall bar scene, still skirting statewide smoking bans.For decades Surgeon General reports have communicated the health risks of smoking, and more recently the risks of second-hand smoke...
#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Deadly Octopus, Grand Central Station, CERN, Mr. Tiktaalik, being human, energy production on federal lands, and more.
- Glenn Starkman- To live and work at CERN - Krystal D'Costa - The Story of Grand Central Station and the Taming of Crowd - Katherine Harmon - Deadly Octopus Flashes Bright Blue Warning With Super-Reflective Skin [Video] - Jason G...
Drugs and error bars
I've been away from writing here for a while, as recently I've been stuck into a very different type of writing - finishing up my thesis for my PhD.
What Does It Mean To Be Human?
I tackle this question in two very different ways, in two very different places this week.First, the latest in my BBC Future column, Uniquely Human, was published today: Is language unique to humans?...
The Story of Grand Central Station and the Taming of the Crowd
The hustle and bustle that characterizes this space is more than a chaotic scramble to get somewhere, however: Grand Central Station represents an early exercise in New York City's history to contain and tame the Crowd...
#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - athletic ape, singing fish, teaching chemistry, Ada Lovelace, diatoms, oxytocin, and more.
- Elizabeth Preston - The Hazards of Being an Athletic Ape - Gary Stix - When the Cuddle Hormone Is a Home Wrecker - Ferris Jabr - What Singing Fish Reveal About Speech and Hearing - Melissa Gaskill - Counting Fish: Longlines, Lionfish and Liberty Ships - David Wogan - Energy policy is shaped by what you think about energy - John R...
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